Wigan warmed-up for the World Club Challenge with a 46-22 win over New Zealand Warriors in Hamilton.
Hooker Michael McIlorum featured from the start, although there was no place in the side for Sean O’Loughlin, still nursing the slight hamstring complaint that kept him out of Friday’s opening league game against Huddersfield.
New Zealand Warriors fielded a relatively inexperienced team, that didn’t include World Cup stars such as Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering and Manu Vatuvei, or their new record signing from Wigan, Sam Tomkins.
New Zealand Warriors 22 (16)
Team: Ropati, Solomoma, Tuimavave-Gerard, Passi, Wilson, Townsend, Waetford, Lillyman, Friend, Rapira, Matulino, Mateo, Palavi. Replacements: Lisone, Vete, Baldwinson, Peteru, Latu, Tua, Tamaseu-Russell, Tonks, Bhana, Sipley, Havili, Latu, Carl, Sio, Lino
Tries: Chad Townsend, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Nathaniel Peteru
Goals: Chad Townsend 3
Wigan Warriors 46 (16)
Team: Bowen, Charnley, Goulding, Sarginson, Burgess, Powell, Smith, Taylor, McIlorum, Dudson, Hughes, Farrell, Clubb. Replacements: Gelling, Flower, Pettybourne, Tomkins, Hampshire, Williams, Manfredi